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Old 07-16-2012   #1
 
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Chacos: Toe Loop or No Toe Loop?

Ok...I've had it with my crappy river shoes and ready to make the step into a pair of Chaco's as all my river friends SWEAR by them. My posse and I had a big debate yesterday at the BV playpark: toe-loop or no toe-loop? Some folks say it doesn't matter in the least, others say it is manditory for good climbing / hiking / scouting etc...

(I am a kayaker but I am also about to push some serious rubber down the Grand Canyon this October)

Let the opinions begin (please)!

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Personally I don't like toe loops. I live in my chacos all summer, hike backpack, scramble Boulder fields. I have never had an issue without a toe loop.
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Some people can't stand anything between their toes. I on the other hand prefer the toe loop, seems more secure. I talked my wife into the toe loop and she hates it. Guess I'm not always right.
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I tried both and found the toe loop provides a lot more stability. It also binds up with grit and gets very tight if you don't routinely clean and "floss" them. Around camp I just don't use the toe strap and they are very comfortable.
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Toe loop.

My wife has hiked 14er in hers and hut to hut to hut trips in Europe with her Chacos with toe loops. When Germans with their uber boots say she can't hike in her Chacos she just laughs.

That being said, I don't like my Chacos anymore now that they are made in China. The heel is too narrow on the new ones and the soles come unglued. Never had that problem with the Paonia made ones. I mainly wear my Chaco flip flops now.
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I don't like the toe loop, but if you get a pair with a toe loop and decide you don't like it just don't use it and they will still work fine.
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I am told (and their website says) made in Rockford, Michigan? I would not buy if made in China.
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Very clever of them to claim, "Made in the USA" on their Home page under the heading of "MyChacos". Realize that these are ONLY the custom ordered ones you pay extra for through their website and NOT the ones sold be dealers. Those are made in China.
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Custom Chaco's are what I prefer. Just can't decide between the toe loop...
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My vote is for no toe loop.
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